Moonraker's past comments

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    Moonraker

    “No one points out that a lot of crime in big US cities linked to the open sale of guns is a plague that takes many lives,” she said.

    Touché.

    Posted in: Paris mayor, in Tokyo, slams 'unfriendly' Trump over safety row

  • 7

    Moonraker

    “It’s better to work out ways to comfortably get to work rather than everyone getting on trains at the same time and feeling packed in, especially on hot summer days.”

    That's just too much common sense for one day. I gotta sit down.

    Posted in: Koike to launch comfortable commute movement this summer

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    Moonraker

    Seems somehow fitting that they are reflecting the widely-reported mating habits of their hosts.

    Posted in: Bashful pandas at Ueno Zoo mate after four-year hiatus

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    Moonraker

    It could be that the slogans and indoctrination are so ridiculous that many will end up rejecting it. Perhaps that is just a hope but dealing with the outcome of regular schools I find their indoctrination far more insidious and hermetically sealed with comprehensive inoculation against any potential opposition.

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    Moonraker

    Well, as Crazy Joe has already researched for us, it looks like each woman was in possession of one of the binary components of VX. The first one wiped his face with one component but it was not until the second one used her component that it became lethal. The first woman escaped but the second one reacted physiologically - she threw up, it seems - because she came in contact with residue from the mixture. She was probably lucky to escape with her life. And this seems to me to be congruent with a prank, the consequence of which was unknown to at least one and maybe both of them.

    Posted in: Malaysia says nerve agent killed Kim within 20 minutes

  • 0

    Moonraker

    although Asian tourists seem more likely to have internet with them

    So, why is this then? Don't they mind the high roaming fees? Or is it somehow cheaper for them than Europeans and North Americans.

    Posted in: App that calculates taxi fares in advance to be tested in Tokyo

  • 2

    Moonraker

    That's surely the only correct liberal position, theFu. Good. Otherwise it ends with puritan authoritarianism. And few would want that.

    Posted in: Would you support a complete ban on smoking in public places in Japan?

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    Moonraker

    Nasty stuff. How stable is it? I wonder how long it takes to break down in an uncontrolled environment.

    Posted in: Malaysia says nerve agent killed Kim within 20 minutes

  • 3

    Moonraker

    Go for it. Congratulations, Kazu.

    Posted in: 'King Kazu' turns 50 with J.League start

  • 3

    Moonraker

    I think "mixed" is probably a charitable assessment of the outcome. It seems a desperate measure to resist the overwhelmingly obvious conclusion that it is companies that are parasitically hollowing out Japan.

    Posted in: Japan's first Premium Friday shows mixed results

  • 2

    Moonraker

    it’s a very elegant country

    It would not be the first adjective that came to my mind to describe Japan. In fact, it's hard to reconcile almost anything I see every day with elegant. Still, I guess that is why I am not a Cool Japan Ambassador.

    Posted in: Cool Japan Ambassador Paul Christie talks about plans to highlight a different side of the country

  • 2

    Moonraker

    Let's see how they fudge this while still sounding authoritative.

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    Moonraker

    An important theme of the Olympics is how to promote environmental sustainability.

    I must confess I had not noticed that. What with jetting thousands of people round the world and accommodating them, on top of the resources used to create the infrastructure that seems to mostly degrade afterwards. Plus all the waste in putting together a hubristic bid which for some will come to nothing at all. Having a glorified hydrogen lighter might "showcase technology" of a rather ho-hum kind but it will do very little for environmental sustainability. But, hey, it's the greenwash that counts more than reality in Japan.

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    Moonraker

    Yes, I have tried my best to like the game. I have been to many games in Japan. But I have to say, it is the slowest, most boring game I have watched. The whole thing could be condensed into about 15 minutes, not just the highlights, yet takes hours and hours. By the end I am just aching for it to be over.

    Posted in: Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

  • 3

    Moonraker

    Most part of labelling in Japan is mostly unbelievable, as far as I can see, and expiry dates are ridiculously short. Japanese milk, for instance, never seems to go off. Though I read labels to try to avoid all the "shortening" and pork and chicken extract and gelatin that is insinuated into the most unlikely food. Still, short use-by dates means some cheap bargains at the bargain corner of the supermarket.

    Posted in: Do Japanese take use-by dates too seriously?

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    Moonraker

    Since cannabis and cocaine are mentioned here as separate from "stimulants" it might just be that we have some kind of handle on what they actually mean: amphetamines and methamphetamines. If seizures are proportional to the market it means over 90% of the market is for these. It sounds skewed and rather weird to me. Though, of course, these figures do not account for drugs produced within Japan. I am curious to know if customs have a figure for how much they actually fail to detect. It could be partly deduced from the change in street price when a seizure is made among others.

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  • -1

    Moonraker

    Yes, Laguna, surfing may be cheap but it will probably cost a motza to clean up the beach first.

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  • 2

    Moonraker

    Why can't Republican presidents speak/think better than an 8th grader?

    Probably the same reason as many Republican voters can't. When thought processes are incoherent it is hard to elucidate them.

    Posted in: Trump vows military build-up, hammers nationalist themes

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